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Another place like from a fairy tale - the island of Kizhi on the Lake Onega. Kizhi Pogost church is the world's tallest entirely wooden building. The churches were built in the 18th century and the complex was finally finished without hammering a single nail or other metal fastener in 1862 when the bell-tower was completed.The pogost is the area inside a fence which includes two large wooden churches (the 22-dome Transfiguration Church and the 9-dome Intercession Church) and a bell-tower. The pogost is famous for its beauty and longevity, despite that it is built exclusively of wood. In 1990, it was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.

It is not so easy to get there. From Solovki, we went first by steamboat back to Kem and then we took the train. At four o'clock in the morning, we were in Petrozavodsk - the capital of Karelia. After some waiting, we went by small motorboats to Kizhi Island - 60 km ride. It was alike on a rollercoaster, a lot of fun. Lake Onega is the second largest lake in Europe after Lake Ladoga. There are about 1,650 islands on the lake. Kizhi is one of them.

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I have got an e-mail from Stephen. He had a painful experience in Cuba - he broke his leg and ankle and is confined to bed.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11238 W: 148 N: 28549] (135430)
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